[Coco] A faster "Real" CoCo
msmcdoug at iinet.net.au
Sat Jan 19 06:11:25 EST 2008
Joel Ewy wrote:
> In fact, I believe it's possible, at least with some FPGAs, to
> dynamically reconfigure the logic array while running. If that's the
> case, one could even swap functional units in and out and reconfigure
> the hardware as needed. Even if you have to reset the computer in order
> to give it an organ transplant, one major virtue of an FPGA is that the
> hardware specifications don't have to be set in stone.
Some high-end Xilinx parts support partial reconfiguration, yes.
If you're going to reset the computer anyway, it's probably not worth the
trouble of trying to support partial reconfiguration. You can, for example,
use an external micro to control the reconfiguration of the device.
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